Doctors Support Kansas Proposal for Balance in Science Education

Feb 27, 2013, 12:37 ET from Physicians for Civil Defense

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kansas legislature has introduced a bill that would "encourage" the teaching of "scientific controversies"—such as "climate science"—in an "objective manner" that presents both strengths and weaknesses of a theory. The bill, H.B. 2306, has provoked a storm of opposition from the National Center for Science Education, which calls such bills "anti-science" or "anti-climate," and states that climate science is "not controversial."

"Schools are generally not teaching climate science, but the dogma that human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide are causing catastrophic climate disruption," states Jane Orient, M.D., president of Physicians for Civil Defense. "This alarmism resembles religious dogma."

More than 31,000 Americans trained in science have in fact signed a very strong petition stating that there is no convincing scientific evidence for this theory.

"There are really no 'climate-change deniers'; everybody recognizes that the Earth's climate has changed dramatically throughout its history," Orient says. The alarmists are the deniers—of the existence of the Medieval Climate Optimum and the Roman Warm Period, when it was warmer than today; of the recent global temperature standstill; and of volumes of evidence against the dangers of carbon dioxide emissions.

The proposed legislation is a needed response to climate extremism and suppression of freedom of thought, she added. Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee already have similar bills.

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